SECURITY HINTS & TIPS: The Dangers of Using Messaging Apps on Work Devices

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Messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Discord, and WeChat are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But not all messaging apps are safe to use on your work device. Unapproved messaging apps may contain vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. If the cybercriminals are successful, they could gain access to your organization’s network and other sensitive information.

Receiving Messages from Cybercriminals

Cybercriminals can use these apps to send you messages that contain malicious links or attachments. The messages may promise free items, inform you about an overdue bill, or prompt you to download an attachment for work. If you click the links or download the attachments, you may unknowingly download malware on your work device!

Third-Party Apps with Hidden Features

Cybercriminals can also create third-party apps to change your messaging app experience, such as making the app pink. While the third-party app may actually make your app pink, it can also grant cybercriminals access to your device. Once cybercriminals gain access, they can view any organization information on your device.

What Can I Do to Stay Safe?

Follow the tips below to protect yourself and your organization from these types of scams:

  • It’s best to keep work and personal use separate. Only use work devices for tasks required by your job.
  • Follow your organization’s policies on downloading apps on work devices. If you’re unsure, learn who to contact for guidance.
  • Never share personal or sensitive information through unsecured apps. Be especially cautious if you don’t know the person messaging you.

 

Source: The KnowBe4 Security Team

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